Car and light-truck production in North America was estimated at 388,704 last week, the highest weekly total in industry history. The previous record was 386,801 in the week ending Dec. 19, 1998.
General Motors set a U.S. light-truck production record the week ending Aug. 28. GM built 57,612 light trucks, breaking its previous record of 55,477, which was set the week ending May 29, 1999. GM's U.S. car production was 46,509 last week, the highest since the week ending March 6, 1999, when 46,810 cars were produced.
Ford Motor Co. began building the 2000 Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique Monday, Aug. 30, at Kansas City, Mo., and then shut that line down this week because of slow sales.
BMW Manufacturing Corp. produced its first X5 sport wagon on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at its plant in Spartanburg County, S.C.
All U.S. and Canadian auto plants are closed today, Sept. 6, for the Labor Day holiday.